Via state highway 19

Peaceful Restlessness

Part 2 of my trip to Zainabad. Read the first one here.

The next morning after checking out of Desert Coursers, caught the state highway 19 north towards Becharaji.

Indian roads do have a lot of travelers. Not just vehicles. Cows, goats, sheep, buffaloes.

On way, sighted many markers indicating the presence of an ancient Jain temple in Vanod, a small village. Decided to have a look. Very beautiful and well-maintained, the priest, acting as a guide, told us the story of this 1500 year old temple.

Considered one of the greatest kings to rule over Gujarat, Vanraj Chawda had a tough childhood. His father was assassinated and his mother had to escape to the forest, where Vanraj grew up and was educated by Jain priests. This temple has his gaddi (seat) and some of his personal belongings.

He later assembled an army, fought and regained his kingdom, and…

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